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3 Indian social entrepreneurs among global competition winners

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

Three Indian inventors have been named the regional grand prize winners of the 2018 Showcase (ISHOW), a global competition that offers monetary and technical support to help bring design prototypes of social entrepreneurs to populations in need.

The three inventors were judged and selected out of the eight finalists who travelled to Bengaluru to vie for a share of the $500,000 in awards and technical support, the (ASME) said in a statement on Friday.

The three winners are Sanskriti Dawle of in Bengaluru, Balaji Teegala of Brun Health in New Delhi, and of in Bengaluru.

has won the award for Annie, an affordable that makes self-learning and classroom teaching of Braille possible.

The device can help improve literacy rates among the visually impaired who cannot afford a Braille display that can cost up to $4,000.

Annie runs on a Raspberry Pi and consists of hardware components such as a refreshable braille display, a digital braille slate, and a braille keyboard -- all in one device.

This combination thus helps students learn how to read, write and type, with all modules complementing one another.

Brun Health has been recognised for its labour detection tool, Brun CG, which has the potential to reduce neonatal mortality rates in The tool helps in monitoring vital signs and communicating foetal data with clinicians for timely interventions in distant, hard-to-access locations.

created Sparsh, a portable, to help clinicians screen diabetic patients for symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, the permanent damage to nerves in the feet, owing to

has approximately 69 million diabetic patients, of which 30 per cent develop diabetic

The poor are significantly at risk because of of their condition, while conventional diabetic screening devices are bulky, not portable, expensive and need to operate the device.

addresses these issues and can help the poor get adequate treatment for the condition.



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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 14:18 IST